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Commander: Ukrainian troops face artillery shortages, scale back some operations

Frontline Ukrainian troops battling Russia’s invasion are grappling with a shortage of artillery shells, forcing them to scale back military operations as foreign aid support experiences a significant drop, a Ukrainian commander says.
Brigadier General Oleksandr Tarnavskyi, commander of the Tavria operational and strategic group of troopsю Photo: screenshot from a TSN video

Frontline Ukrainian troops face artillery shell shortages and have scaled back some military operations as foreign aid remains insufficient, Brigadier General Oleksandr Tarnavskyi told Reuters.

The statement comes amid delays in a $60-billion US aid package and Hungary’s obstruction of 50 billion euros ($54.5 billion) in European Union funding for Kyiv as Ukraine battles Russia’s invasion.

“There’s a problem with ammunition, especially post-Soviet [shells] – that’s 122 mm, 152 mm. And today these problems exist across the entire front line,” Tarnavskyi told Reuters.

The commander added that the shell shortage was a “very big problem” with foreign aid drop impacting the battlefield:

“The volumes that we have today are not sufficient for us today, given our needs. So, we’re redistributing it. We’re replanning tasks that we had set for ourselves and making them smaller because we need to provide for them,” Tarnavskyi said.

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